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  • Sold Date: May 28, 2013
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Print from steel engraving titled Tiflis , published in a volume of L'Univers , Paris, approx. image size 10 x 15 cm, nice hand coloring.

Tbilisi ,

formerly TIFLIS, capital of the republic of Georgia, on the Kura (Mtkvari) River at its dissection of the Trialeti and Kartliysky (Kartli, or Kartalinian) ranges. Founded in AD 458 (in some sources, 455), when the capital of the Georgian kingdom was transferred there from Mtskheta, the city had a strategic position, controlling the route between western and eastern Transcaucasia. It was often captured and sacked and knew many masters: the Persians in the 6th century, the Byzantine Empire and the Arabs in the 7th. In 1122 David II the Builder of Georgia captured Tbilisi and restored it as a capital; but in 1234 it fell to the Mongols and in 1386 it was sacked by Timur. The Turks captured the city on several occasions, and in 1795 it was burned to the ground by the Persians. Finally in 1801 Tbilisi was captured by the Russians, who improved its communications by building the Georgian Military Highway across the Great Caucasus from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi. In 1872 it was linked by rail to Poti on the Black Sea and
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